NDLEA arrests 80-year-old woman with hard drugs

By Salihu Ali, Abuja


National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA has intercepted an 80-year-old woman, Mrs. Mary Adebayo, her 19-year-old granddaughter, Funmilola Adebayo and two other ladies in Akure, the Ondo state capital, for selling assorted illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol and skuchies.

The Director Media Advocacy NDLEA Headquarters Abuja Mr Femi Babafemi disclosed this in a press statement.

The statement said: “following intelligence-based raids and follow up operations on their locations on Sunday May 2, 2021, over 192kilogrammes of cocaine and other psychoactive substances were recovered from the suspects while the octogenarian, her granddaughter and two other ladies, Tessy Matthew and Blessing Adesida were arrested.

”The grandma and her granddaughter were arrested at 6:30am on Sunday at Ayeyemi Street, Akure south local government area during the early morning raid with the following items: Skuchies- 149kg, cocaine-11grammes, methamphetamine-17grammes, heroin-3grammes, cannabis sativa – 4.914kg, swinol -8grammes and tramadol -49grammes. Also recovered from them were two deep freezers and a TVS motorcycle.”

The statement added that “on the same day, at about 1:30pm, a raid carried out at Rate Hotel, Care Street, in Akure South LGA led to the arrest of 25-year-old Tessy Mathew from whom 33kilogrammes of skuchies were recovered. Following her preliminary interrogation, a follow up operation was immediately carried out, leading to the arrest of 25-year-old Blessing Adesida in Oshinle area of Akure South LGA.

Recovered from her include: skuchies-3kg and cannabis-7grammes. According to the states acting Commander of the Agency, Callys Alumona, other members of the two drug cartels have been watch-listed and efforts to arrest them ongoing.”

Another arrest
In a related development, operatives of the Adamawa Command of the NDLEA have arrested a 58-year-old Victor Chinedu Anwanya, and 47-year-old Femi Abiodun, with 80 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 76kilogrammes, concealed in three white sacks tucked in the booth of a Toyota Avalon car with registration number: LAGOS DC 997 FST.

According to the state Commander of NDLEA, Idris Bello, “the suspects were arrested on Monday May 3, 202 at about 6am in Mayo Belwa town, Mayo Belwa LGA, Adamawa State who took off from Auchi in Edo State.

“Also recovered from them was a fake Police Warrant Card bearing the name of Chinedu Anwanya with the rank of a DSP”.

Reacting to the development, Gen. Marwa commended officers and men of the Ondo and Adamawa state Commands of the Agency for their vigilance and commitment to work.

He charged them and their counterparts in other Commands to continue the nationwide offensive action against the illicit trade.


Nneka Ukachukwu

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